All too often, due to stereotypes and misconceptions, motorcycle riders are blamed for their accidents and injuries. However, according to the famous Hurt Report, which analyzed thousands of bike-vehicle accidents, the majority of collisions are the fault of the non-motorcycle vehicle.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a Washington State motorcycle accident, it is vital to know your rights and stand by the truth. At The Ye Law Firm, our legal team is committed to helping you understand your crash, win your claim, and get the compensation that you deserve under the law. To schedule a free case review with Seattle personal injury attorney Chong Ye, please call our offices today: (253) 946-0577.
The Anatomy Of A Seattle Motorcycle Accident
After a serious motorcycle accident that results in catastrophic injuries, it is important to research local personal injury attorneys and pick a lawyer who has specific experience winning cases in this practice area. Why? Because motorcycle accidents are different than other types of traffic accident cases. Here’s why:
Motorcycle accidents result in more serious injuries. Even if you were wearing a helmet during your motorcycle accident, you may still be seriously injured. This is because riders are not protected by the steel cage of a car or truck, and are not restrained by a seat belt. A rider’s body may be directly impacted during the collision, either by another vehicle or by the ground. Motorcycle riders may suffer severe head injuries, internal injuries, multiple broken bones, spine injuries, coma, or death.
Motorcyclists face discrimination and bias. The general public has many misconceptions about motorcycle riders: that they are gang members, that they speed, that they ride while under the influence. In reality, most motorcycle riders are responsible, careful riders who respect the rules of the road and are serious about how they ride.
Motorcycle accidents have different causes than other accidents. The leading causes of bike accidents are different than the leading causes of traffic accidents; for instance, the leading cause of bike collisions is a car turning left in front of a bike. Cars are also more likely to pull out in front of a bike at an intersection or rear-end a bike.
For all three of these reasons, it is key to ask your potential attorneys how many motorcycle cases they have taken on and won, as well as how they approach motorcycle injury claims successfully.
Common Causes Of Washington State Motorcycle Accidents
As we discussed above, the common causes of motorcycle accidents are different than the most common causes of traffic accidents. Here is how many motorcycle accidents take place:
Left turn accidents. Most motorcycle accidents happen simply because another driver does not see them coming. In these cases, a driver will turn left across traffic and directly in front of a motorcycle, which will slam into their passenger side door.
Lane change accidents. Again, these accidents occur because another driver doesn’t look carefully enough to see a bike, changing lanes into the path of an ongoing motorcycle.
Distracted driving accidents. Drivers who are distracted by their mobile devices, their radio, food, or passengers are much less likely to see an approaching motorbike. Distracted drivers can also accidently swerve into the path of a motorcycle, causing a collision.
Speeding and reckless driving. Just as with all traffic accidents, speeding and breaking traffic laws can lead to crashes and catastrophic accidents. High-speed collisions involving motorcycle riders often involve fatalities or severe traumatic brain injuries.
Dooring accidents. In some cases, a parked car on the side of the road will open its door, not seeing an oncoming motorcycle. Always check your rearview mirrors carefully before opening a car door on a busy street.
Drinking and driving accidents. Just as with all automobile accidents, drinking and driving (or driving under the influence of drugs) is an issue in one out of three crashes.
Road hazards and inclement weather. Because motorcycles only have two wheels, they are very susceptible to poor roads and poor road design. Anything on the road, from deep grooves to potholes to ice, could cause a serious accident on a bike that would not cause an accident for a four-wheeled vehicle.
Inexperienced riders. A significant number of motorcycle accidents are due to inexperienced riders. For this reason, Washington State requires that riders have a separate motorcycle license and have passed a driving school test.
Defective auto parts. Some accidents and/or injuries are caused by defective or fault auto parts–this includes your motorcycle, the other involved vehicles, or your helmet.
Please understand that the cause of your motorcycle accident may not be clear or apparent at the time of the crash. Never assume you were at fault for an accident until you have the accident report and have a legal professional review your case.
Possible Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Head and neck injuries.
Back and spine injuries.
Broken bones and fractures.
Hand and arm injuries.
Leg and foot injuries.
What kinds of compensation can you receive for these injuries? Depending on how serious your injuries were, and how they affected your life and the life of your family, you may be owed damages for:
Past and future medical bills.
Past and future lost wages.
Pain and suffering.
Loss of consortium/loss of quality of life
Motorcycle property damage.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your losses, and together you can calculate accurately what damages you are owed.
Request Your Free Case Review With Seattle Motorcycle Attorney Chong Ye
If you are hesitating to contact an attorney because you are unsure if you have a valid motorcycle accident personal injury claim, understand that you can talk to an experienced attorney for free and with no obligation to get your legal questions answered and find out if you are owed compensation. At The Ye Law Firm, we are committed to offering all motorcycle accident victims and their families a free case review, so that you know how to move forward with your life, even if that means not pursuing your case.